Monday, 30 March 2015

life, week 13

I love the little things she makes in kindergarten. 

there is a lot going on in the garden these days // part of a photo an hour

Woke up to a little dusting of snow. Nothing compared to the massive snowfall the Oslo area suddenly got.

Norvegia cheese, for ever and ever

a much needed nap // hverdagslykke


Friday dinner // SO glad it's weekend and the start of the Easter vacation

She was so proud of her new hiding spot!

Pancakes for Saturday breakfast - on Sara's request.

Guess what! I'm working on another paper. But this is a small one and I will finish it today (Saturday). Yes, I will. (I did.)

a souvenir from his recent travel

They brought flowers and sweets, and now they are off with Sara on the balance bike so we can work - Sølve in the garden, me in the basement living room facing my last paper.

Easter vacation working // trying to make it as nice and productive as possible 

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Week 13: March 23-29

Saturday, 28 March 2015

a Saturday list

pancakes for breakfast - on Sara's request

- I have just finished another paper, in addition to the one I handed in yesterday (just a short - 600 words - report on my supervised field experience)
- I'm slowly starting to work on yet another paper - the last one I have to write before my oral exam - hallelujah!
- getting mentally prepared to finish said paper before taking some much needed days off at the mountain cabin - best stress relief: getting things done!
- thankful for living close to our parents and for all the help we get from them with Sara - could never done full time work plus part time studies without them!
- listening to the cozy sound of a crackling fire - even though it is spring, it is still cold enough to light the wood stove
- I made American pancakes with oats flour for breakfast - success!
- enjoyed said pancakes with raspberry jam from Steinstø - bought at the farmers market in Bergen - which I miss a lot
- I have just enjoyed a piece of guilty pleasure: toasted white bread with butter and cheese
- proud of Sølve who is working hard on preparing our garden for lawn seeding
- looking forward to homemade pizza for dinner

What have you done today?

Friday, 27 March 2015

things I like lately

the mountain cabin // Kodak Ektar 100, Olympus mju

- house guests during the weekend - so, so good to see our dear friends from Bergen again!
- homemade smoothies
- egg and bacon for lazy weekend breakfasts (baconet fra Idsøe er superdigg!)
- generous housewarming gifts from our friends
- this cookbook looks beautiful
- I finally dug out my film camera and started shooting again
- I finally made white beans, tomato and feta salad again
- this lovely home
- this post by Ine
- this post by Marielle
- this post by Ingvild - which reminds me that I have gotten some nice questions via comments lately and I do plan to answer them - hopefully soon!
- napping
- my colleague Camila's illustrations
- finishing a paper
- a lot of much needed help with Sara from my mother-in-law whilst Sølve was at Svalbard and I had to write the paper
Ingeborg's photos from Svalbard
- colleagues in chicken costumes
- colleagues who bring these goodies to work
- watching Braveheart with my 10th grade English students - although I had forgotten how intense it is...
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix
- days ahead at the mountain cabin (but first I need to write another paper...)
- a week of Easter vacation coming up!

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Things I don't like lately

- it was so, so, so hard to focus on writing the paper that was due today - working full-time and studying part time is getting harder and harder
- the smell of chicken manure fertilizer - even though I'm sure our garden is happy about it
- having little patience and loosing my temper with Sara (because I'm too tired because of too much going on)
- being too exhausted to go outside and enjoy the gorgeous afternoon sunshine
- a massive headache

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

a photo an hour

A photo an hour (almost) on a regular early spring Tuesday (March 24, 2015).

6:20 am: Normally I have to wake her around 7 am, but this Tuesday she woke me up before my 6: 25 am alarm. She found the bathroom too cold, so she got comfortable under her baby duvet with Frozen on the iPad whilst I showered and got dressed.

7 am: I spilled coffee on my dress and had to change. Packed lunch and coffee for the drive to work are ready though.

8 am: I managed to get to work in time for the morning meeting - which rarely happens these days. The morning schedule between 7 and 8 am is pretty tight; getting a three year old ready for kindergarten and drop her off can be quite a challenge time wise. She does not seem to understand the concept of "hurry up, mamma needs to get to work".

9 am: My first class on Tuesdays is at 9 am, so I spent the first hour of my work day grading English papers. 

11:20 am: Two classes of Norwegian with my 8th graders and then lunch break patrol (not sure if this is the right expression). My assigned patrol areas on Tuesdays are the sports hall and the hallway. I prefer my Thursday library patrol duty.

Noon: Spent the rest of the day mostly grading papers plus taught a history class at the end of the day. And then there were a few parent-teacher conferences. Only three classes to teach on Tuesdays, which leave me with lots of time to do other teacher stuff. I like my work Tuesdays.

4 pm: Home! And a happy surprise from my mother-in-law; mini daffodils by the front door. I guess she got tired of seeing the very dead pelargoniums.

5 pm: Sølve came home early, so we got a chance to have dinner as a family. Spaghetti with tomato sauce (made Monday evening instead of working on a paper that is due Friday), minced meat and grated parmesan cheese. Always a winner in this family!

5:30 pm: Got a sudden craving for beans. Happy to have this kind of food thoughts again after half a year of hardly any cooking.

7 pm: I took a much needed nap...

...after which I found some lovely light in the living room...

...and a happy toddler helping her father in the garden. 

8 pm: While Sølve took care of getting Sara to bed, I tried my best to work on that paper that is due Friday.

9 pm: Super tired and already so fed up with the paper! Working full time and being a part time student is not a walk in the park. Time to get things ready for the morning.

10 pm: Sølve is off to Svalbard for work (lucky him!) and does his usual late night packing. I'm the opposite; I always make sure to pack my things early.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Paris // the yellow film, part I

March 2014, unknown slide film, Canon EOS 500N

A year ago Sølve and I were in Paris with a couple of our dearest friends. Needless to say, it was as perfect as Paris in spring can be. The only thing I was not at all happy about, was the slide film that  got ruined during development. I got the impression it was so ruined that it was discarded of, but then suddenly it reappeared! As you can see from the yellow color tone, it has indeed been ruined in the development process, but all the motifs and memories are still there. So, here you are; Paris in yellow, part I of III.

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Paris on iPhone // Paris on film (that is not yellow) // things I like lately - Paris edition

Monday, 23 March 2015

life, week 12

Painting made with a fork in kindergarten, and Elsa. Yes, that Elsa

Possibly the best way to start the week: leftover homemade sodd (a traditional meat and vegetables soup from the Trøndelag area) for dinner

Ice cream in the sun on the terrace - on Sara's request. I love that she loves being outside!

the parent-teacher conferences are on // one down, 21 to go

wednesday afternoon nephew playtime

Morning conversation with a three year old: "We have to get ready for kindergarten now, Sara." "No, I have the day off, because it's so foggy and we can't see."

solar eclipse at Randaberg // weather fail

The basement living room is ready for its first guests. So are the proud house owners.

The best kind of weekend brunch - including house guests.

And then we had this for breakfast dessert.

She had visitors and they played with everything, and then some.

An Easter chicken in the bathroom. Why not?! I love these kind of signs of her. 

weekend sun light

weekend working // tilpasset opplæring vs. spesialundervisning

So happy to see this furry friend again!

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Week 12: March 16-22


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